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Love Parks week in London 2015

Posted on: 12 June 2015 at 11:54:54
A celebration of London's parks and open spaces will be held from July 24th 2015.  Community groups are asked to devise an event or activity in that week and register it.  Details are here

New Government, Opposition Cabinet members and London MPs

Posted on: 11 June 2015 at 11:59:07
Details of Government Ministers can be seen here.
The list of London MPs with roles in the Shadow Cabinet is here.
An All Party Parliamentary Group of London MPs has been formed.  It is due to be co-chaired by Bob Neill, the Conservative MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, and Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North, with Labour’s Catherine West (the newly elected MP for Hornsey and Wood Green) as Secretary and Paul Scully, the Conservative MP for Sutton and Cheam, as Treasurer. Support will be provided to the London APPG by London Councils.
London Forum now has a better opportunity to keep London MPs fully aware of the issues that affect planning, transport and quality of life in London. Their collective voice may help to restrict the kinds of adverse changes in permitted development, planning and housing policies and Use Class changes that have harmed London since 2010.
The London MPs are listed here 

London Datastore and Dashboard update May 2015

Posted on: 21 May 2015 at 22:07:26
The GLA has published the latest figures for London at
There has been a fall since September of the people not in education, employment or training from 6.6% to 3.4%.
The population forecasts and the projected population by ethnicity are interesting.
Landlord repossessions in London and rent levels continue to rise.
GLA funded housing completions have stopped falling in number.
The London Development database shows a decrease in the granted development permissions since early 2014.
In Transport, the numbers for people killed and serious injured continued to fall through 2000 to the end of 2012.

Recommendations for meeting housing requirements

Posted on: 10 May 2015 at 13:01:44
A useful report on meeting housing needs has been published by TFA and Bowyer here.
It proposes that the NPPF policies for housing are enforced, Strategic Market Housing Assessments are fast-tracked and the Duty to Cooperate is strengthened.  It reminds the new Government that earlier this year a report from the think-tank the Adam Smith Institute said that the release of just 2% of land from the Green Belt could provide sites for the 2.5 million homes the country requires in the next 10 years. It said that removing the Green Belt designations from intensive agricultural land within 0.5 miles of a railway station “would go a long way to solving the housing crisis in the medium term.”

'Race for Space' for offices - NLP report

Posted on: 10 May 2015 at 12:34:35
Changes to permitted development rights to make it easier to convert offices into homes have helped fuel a 'race for space' in the office market but the policy may have also helped make new office schemes in some areas viable, according to a report by Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners here.
The report says that the changes to permitted development rights "has the potential to lead to a future deficit in office space and increased pressure on office markets". It pointed to a study by RICS which found that nationally the availability of office space has been declining at its fastest pace since 1998, "fuelled by the growing conversion of offices into homes since the new PD rights were introduced".

Supreme Court Judgement on UK's failure on Air Quality

Posted on: 7 May 2015 at 21:02:14
The Supreme Court decided at the end of April 2015 that the UK is in breach of its obligations for air quality and that the UK must produce updated plans by the end of 2015.
Reports on the case have been put on this website. They are a paper by Angus Walker on the implications, in which he concludes that expansion of Heathrow could be a problem in meeting the requirements; the Supreme Court's Press Summary and a comment on the case by Clean Air for London.
More details are on the ClientEarth web site.

LCA's LDN monthly news May 2015 edition

Posted on: 3 May 2015 at 19:31:56
London Communications Agency has published its latest issue of LDN News - London in Short.  You can view it here.
This edition has predictions for the outcome of the General Election for London's seats. There are articles also on development (Tower Hamlets has 18 tall buildings under construction, 29 with planning approval and 12 in planning), transport, health, policing and culture.
The LCA welcome comments @LDNcomms or to 

MPs monitoring DCLG report on the last Parliament

Posted on: 22 April 2015 at 21:44:21
The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has published its final report of the 2010-15 Parliament, looking back at its work since 2010 and looking ahead to the next Parliament.

Update from Friends of Parks & Open Spaces April 2015

Posted on: 22 April 2015 at 14:46:45
See the news from the network seeking to protect our parks and open spaces.

Are Estate Agents taking over our High Streets?

Posted on: 13 April 2015 at 15:19:27
A report here on this subject by, an online estate agent, found that Greater London has a total of more than 2,600 high street estate agents and that the average agent branch in London makes fewer than four sales a month.  The article refers to the "exorbitant fees to home sellers".
There are up to eighteen estate agents within 400 meteres of major Underground stations. The report gives the number of estate agents for each London borough and their estimated total income.

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